Thank you to all those who helped overwhelmingly defeat Issue Nine by 56% to 44%. For the first time in 36 years, the City of Cincinnati has won a transit election. The message from voters was clear—we want passenger rail in Cincinnati. Light rail, streetcars, and high speed rail to Chicago and Cleveland will create new jobs and economic development in our City. These projects will put people back to work and create new activity in our urban core.
Voters also showed their support for Cincinnati Streetcar by re-electing Mayor Mallory, who made the streetcar one of the centerpieces of his campaign. Every Council Member who voted for the Cincinnati Streetcar was re-elected to council and Laurie Quinlivan, the candidate who during the campaign was the strongest streetcar support among the non-incumbents [you can see her excellent video here] was elected as well. The top vote-getters on City Council, Qualls, Thomas, Bortz, and Berding, have all been vocal streetcar supporters.
In between the Stadiums, The Banks and the new Central Riverfront Park are under construction, a new casino will be built on Broadway Commons, and the areas around Fountain Square and the Aronoff are filled with restaurants new entertainment options. The Cincinnati Streetcar will connect these destinations along with the Cincinnati Zoo, the University of Cincinnati and our region’s two largest job centers.
The Cincinnati Streetcar is a good investment because it will create new jobs, support the investments the City has made and will continue to make in the urban core, connect our major attractions and the two largest employment centers that contain over half of the jobs in the entire City, stimulate new economic activity along the route, and enhance and accelerate existing development that is occurring in the center city—resulting in more revenues for all of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods.
Let’s improve Cincinnati’s transportation options with light rail, streetcars, and high speed rail. Let’s create new jobs and economic activity in our city. Let’s grow our population and make Cincinnati a city people want to choose. Let’s Make Cincinnati a Better Place to Live—Let’s Build the Streetcar.